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Book Banter EP 83: Meliza Farndell Interview

Hello My Happy People.

Today I get to chat with the incredible, Meliza Farndell. Since we recorded this interview, I have already joined Meliza for a live chat on her channel. It has been proven that when we start talking about books, it is hard for us to stop.

Meliza is a wife and mother currently living in Preston, UK. When she is not focused on her family, you can find her developing new courses, coaching others, and of course writing books. She strives to help others to walk in freedom; "in their true identity and purpose". Meliza was the is the daughter of a pastor, born and raised in beautiful South Africa. She felt loved and cared for by her family, life did not always follow a smooth and anticipated path. Meliza is quoted as stating, "Enter: an enemy that comes to kill, steal and destroy." In this episode, we talk about Meliza's trials and tribulations in life which left her feeling empty and developing self-destructive habits. Her circumstances caused her to questions her relationship with her religious beliefs. She felt abandoned by God who she had turned to for help and answers. A trip to the movies ended up turning her life around. Meliza found inspiration in the movie Tangled. Through this movie Meliza felt she had finally been heard, that God had seen her suffering, and He deeply cared about her struggles. This revelation gave her the strength to pick up her life, pull herself out of her despair and begin building a future as an author and coach to help others find the strength to follow their own dreams.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS: (Free stuff coming...)

eBook on Pre-Sale Now

All Editions Drop September 19th, 2023!

The seventh and final installment of the Into the West Saga Serial, Into the West: Family Ties.

The eBook is on pre-sale now on Amazon for only 99¢. Don't wait, click here to order your copy today and it will automatically download on September 19th. Price goes up to $2.99 October 1st.

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The new eBook for Into the West: Family Ties is on sale for a limited time for just 99¢. Buying this eBook is a way for you get to give Dianne the gift of a bestseller that can actually help her writing career, but you get to keep the actual gift of a new book for less than the price of even a cheap greeting card and no postage required! Click here for details.

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Maybe you don't want to give the last book in a serial a try when you haven't read the first books? I get that! Which is why I am giving away the first two books in the Into the West Saga Serial for FREE for 5 days. Starting September 15, 2023 until September 19th, 2023, you can download Into the West: A New Home - Special Edition, for FREE on Amazon. The "Special Edition" contains books one, Into the West: The Orphan Train and book two Into the West: A New Home in one download. Then go buy Into the West: Family Ties for just 99¢ and you almost have half the entire Into the West Saga Serial Collection for less than the regular price of just one ebook. If you love historical fiction/family sagas that are clean reads, this is the series for you!

Book Banter Magazine is coming Oct. 1st, 2023.

We are getting so exciting here. Our premier issues has loads of non-fiction and fiction including mystery, thrillers, scifi, horror, and anything that goes bump in the night kind of books for young readers, young adults, and adults, all to celebrate our favorite holiday, Halloween! Plus I am working on literary puzzles to test your book knowledge and I am searching for a cookbook author to bring you tasty recipes as well.

Have a great day People!


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Support Our Book Banter Buddies (2023 Guest Interviews):

Meliza Farndell, Author, Coach, Speaker (EP 83: September 13th)

  • Meliza Farndell's Website

Dianne Burckhardt, Historical Fiction, Crime Thrillers, & more (EP 84: September 20th)

Mikel Melwasul, Epic Military fantasy Author (EP 85: September 27th)

Season 2 Past Guest Interviews (2023):

LM Wilson, author of The Last of the Spirit Drakes (EP 51: Feb. 1)

LeRoy A Peters, author of The Edge of the World Series (EP 52: Feb. 8)

C. D'Angelo, Author of The Difference and The Visitor (EP 53: Feb. 15th)

Val Collins, author of the Aoife Walsh Books (EP 54: Feb. 22)

Kirstie Page, Visual Storyteller/Artist (EP 55: March 1st)

Lance Steen Anthony Nielsen, Author of Diamonds in the Sky Series

(EPs 56/57: March 8th/15th)

David Gibson, PhD FRSB, Author of Planting Clues: How Plants Solve Crimes.

(EP 58: March 22nd)

Linaya DiNoto, Science Fiction Author of Lithaflora: The Chrysalis: The Forever After Series (EP 59: March 29)

Kelly Florence, Screenwriter/Podcaster and Co-Author of 5 books in The Science of Series

(EP 60: April 5)

Stephanie LaVigne, Cozy Mystery Author of Headlines, Deadlines, and Lies

(EPs 61/62: April 12/19)

Nzondi (Ace Antonio Hall), horror author/actor/musician (EP 66 & 67: May 17 & 24)

Benecia Ponder, author coach and bestselling author (EP 68: May 31)

Diann Floyd Boehm, Children's Book Author/Educator/Podcaster (EP 69: June 7th)

Angela R. Hughes, Historical Epic Fantasy Author (EP 70: June 14)

Donna Edman, Photographer/Visual Storyteller/Author (EP 71: June 21)

Wendy Jo Cerna, Inspirational Author (EP 72: June 28)

Sabrina Hammonds, Kingdom Connections Podcast and Media Agency (EP 73: July 5)

Ann Charles, Mixed Genre Mystery Author (EP 74: July 12)

Natacha Deen, YA, Adult, and Non-Fiction Author (EP 75: June 21)

Kammy Wood, The Modern Wordist, Creative Writing Consultant (EP 76: June 26)

Francesca Maria, Horror and Comic Book Author (EP 77: August 2nd)

Reenita M. Hora, Author, Creative, Entrepreneur (EP 78 & 79: August 9th & 16th)

Christopher (Chris) Denmead, Comic Book Author/Podcaster (EP 80: August 23rd)

Carole T. Beers, Contemporary Western Mystery Author (EP 81: August 6th)

J.C. Fuller, Mystery Author and TikTok Queen (EP 82: September 6th)


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